That will of course change drastically on Saturday when Nurmagomedov defends his easy title against Gaethje and leads UFC 254. What could be the biggest MMA fight of 2020 will take place live from “Fight Island” at the Flash Forum in Yas Island. Abu Dhabi.
The undefeated Nurmagomedov (28-0) has recognized Gaethje’s abilities but warns that the American must be ready to play five full rounds.
“I know he knows how to wrestle, but worry about 25 minutes of wrestling,” Khabib said during the press conference earlier this week.
The champion added, “I’ll go all night.”
Gaethje vowed that he would not shy away from the greatest moment of his fighting career, with the opportunity to give Nurmagomedov his first defeat, which was too palatable to waste.
“I am an actor. I always appear under the light, ”said Gaethje. “On Saturday evening I will leave everything, give everything and be proud of my performance.”
Nurmagomedov wins twice in a row when he let Conor McGregor tap a neck crank in the fourth round of his fight in October 2018, before defeating Dustin Poirier with a bare choke behind in the third round of his fight in September 2019.
Gaethje produced a TKO (punches) from Tony Ferguson in the fifth round, who was crowned provisional lightweight champion in May.
Will Khabib build on his flawless battle legacy with another dominant win or will Gaethje be the first man to euthanize “The Eagle” and claim his title in the process?
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UFC 254: live results of Khabib against Gaethje
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1:00 pm: Nathaniel Wood versus Casey Kenney is next as the preliminaries continue. We’re also an hour away from the UFC 254 main pay-per-view card launch.
12:47 pm: Impressive debut from Shavkat Rakhmonov, who smothered veteran Alex Oliveira over a nasty, tight guillotine with a first-round assist. Rakhmonov shot Oliveira on the temple with a large right hand, pressed him against the octagon, and shortly afterwards secured the guillotine to claim victory.
12:35 pm: Da Un Jung and Sam Alvey fought for a draw in the preliminary rounds (29-28, 28-29, 28-28). The action really picked up speed on this third lap. Park it here, we will keep bringing you live battle results, updates and highlights from UFC 254.
UFC 254: Battle Card Khabib vs. Gaethje
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) against Justin Gaethje (ic) for Nurmagomedov’s Lightweight Title and Gaethje’s Interim Lightweight Title
- Robert Whittaker versus Jared Cannonier; medium weight
- Alexander Volkov versus Walt Harris; Heavyweight
- Jacob Malkoun versus Phillip Hawes; medium weight
- Lauren Murphy versus Liliya Shakirova; Women flyweight
- Magomed Ankalaev versus Ion Cutelaba; Light heavyweight
- Stefan Struve versus Tai Tuivasa; Heavyweight
- Nathaniel Wood gegen Casey Kenney; Bantamgewicht Catchweight
- Alex Oliveira versus Shavkat Rakhmonov; Welterweight
- Da Un Jung versus Sam Alvey; Light heavyweight
- Umar Nurmagomedov versus Sergey Morozov; Bantamweight
- Liana Jojua versus Miranda Maverick; Women flyweight
- Joel Alvarez versus Alexander Yakovlev; Light
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